INTERNATIONAL. Will Chancellor Angela Merkel be forced to spend rather than save? Like President Hollande, Germany's opposition Social Democrat Party (SPD) is calling for a growth package that would draw on existing funds and not create new debt.
UAE. A recent study by The Boston Consulting Group found that, in 2016, GCC banks' revenues grew by 5.2%, down about 2 percentage points from 2015; The impact of the decline in oil prices has hit the banking industry; Profits declined by 3.2% for the first time since 2008.